Categories & Tags: State Policy

Duke Energy flexes political muscle on fracked gas, coal ash   |   May 26, 2016
Duke Energy is facing serious regulatory battles in its home state of North Carolina, with climate-action groups doggedly trying to block the company's planned fracked gas...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: HB2's economic threat to North Carolina   |   May 13, 2016
The potential annual cost to North Carolina from HB2, the state's controversial law requiring transgender people to use public bathrooms that correspond to the gender on their...

 

The legislative backlash against LGBT equality across the South   |   May 13, 2016
In announcing this week that the U.S. Department of Justice would sue North Carolina over its controversial new law requiring transgender people to use public bathrooms that...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: The backlash against expanded voting rights in Virginia   |   May 6, 2016
Date on which Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe issued an executive order to restore voting rights to people who've completed their felony prison, probation and parole sentences:...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: How drilling tax breaks worsened Louisiana's budget crisis   |   April 29, 2016
Rank of oil-producing U.S. states among those under the greatest fiscal pressure because of plummeting oil prices, according to a new report from Standard & Poor's: 1...

 

Companies opposing Mississippi's anti-LGBT law helped elect its proponents   |   April 22, 2016
America's latest anti-LGBT law is Mississippi's Protecting Freedom of Conscience from Government Discrimination Act (HB 1523). Signed by Gov. Phil Bryant (R) on April 5,...

 

After years of rollbacks, democracy movement making gains in the states   |   April 22, 2016
More than 1,400 people were arrested during protests in Washington, D.C., over the past week as part of Democracy Awakening and Democracy Spring, a grassroots movement calling for...

 

Nonprofit loses first round in fight with N.C. over third-party solar power sales   |   April 18, 2016
The North Carolina Utilities Commission ruled against a nonprofit that installed solar panels on the roof of a Greensboro church and sold it the power, saying the project violates...

 

VOICES: Legalizing hatred in Mississippi   |   April 12, 2016
Gov. Phil Bryant signed a bill that aims to legalize hatred, once again assuring that his legacy will be one built on hate and discrimination against others. The innocuous-...

 

Growing Southern cities are increasingly targets of state pre-emption   |   April 1, 2016
On March 23, North Carolina lawmakers approved a controversial new law rolling back local LGBT protections and sparking outrage across the state and country. HB2, which passed a...

 

N.C.'s coal ash-poisoned wells: a harbinger for problems ahead in other states?   |   April 1, 2016
Hundreds of well owners who live near Duke Energy's coal ash dumps across North Carolina have been left confused and worried by the McCrory administration's waffling over...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Pre-empting local democracy in North Carolina and beyond   |   March 24, 2016
Date on which the city council in Charlotte, North Carolina, passed an ordinance expanding the city's non-discrimination policy to offer new protections for lesbian, gay,...

 

Florida activists show how to fight anti-immigrant legislation and win   |   March 17, 2016
Sharp divides have emerged recently between Southern state legislatures and cities over so-called "sanctuary" policies, which limit local police involvement in federal...

 

Civil rights battle over N.C. hog industry regulation heats up as negotiations break down   |   March 9, 2016
Negotiations between community advocates and North Carolina's environmental agency over charges that lax oversight of hog farms disproportionately harms African-American,...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Expanding access to good jobs after jail   |   February 26, 2016
Number of U.S. adults who have a serious misdemeanor or felony arrest or conviction record: 70 million Number of people released from state and federal prisons each year: 630,000...

 

NC environmental officials: Too anti-regulation even for Duke Energy?   |   February 11, 2016
Just how extreme is the administration of North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory (R) when it comes to obstructing efforts to protect the environment? So extreme that even Duke Energy...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: North Carolina sued over voter registration failings   |   December 16, 2015
Date on which an alliance of voting rights advocacy groups and individual voters sued North Carolina state government officials for noncompliance with federal voter registration...

 

As immigrants mark frustrating year for Obama's executive action, cities and states can take lead   |   December 8, 2015
By Shena Elrington, Common Dreams As debate over the immigration of Syrian refugees to the United States intensifies, immigrants already living in the United States quietly...

 

McCrory campaign cashes in on anti-refugee animus   |   November 18, 2015
Since the Nov. 13 terrorist attacks in Paris by Islamic State operatives, at least 31 governors across the U.S. have said they don't want to allow any more refugees fleeing...

 

ALEC's fingerprints on harsh new NC immigration law   |   November 10, 2015
A few years ago, as anti-immigrant sentiment roiled the country, Arizona enacted a draconian law, SB 1070, that expanded the role of local police in enforcing federal immigration...

 

Duke Energy seeks $120K fine against nonprofit challenging its solar monopoly   |   November 2, 2015
Duke Energy, which last year reported a profit of almost $2 billion, is seeking a $120,000 fine against a nonprofit for trying to undermine the company's solar power sales...

 

Pressure builds on NC governor to veto far-reaching anti-environmental bill   |   October 20, 2015
Environmental advocates in North Carolina are stepping up pressure on Gov. Pat McCrory (R) to veto a bill they say is the most anti-environmental of the 2015 legislative session...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Bringing the South's voter registration systems into the 21st century   |   September 25, 2015
Century in which many states' voter registration systems remained mired: 19th As a consequence of inefficiencies in systems reliant on paper forms and postal mail, portion of...

 

What Tennessee paid to lure lawbreaking Volkswagen to Chattanooga   |   September 23, 2015
The scandal over Volkwagen's illegal scheme to sell diesel vehicles equipped with software designed to cheat U.S. air pollution limits is widening. The estimated number of...

 

High stakes for the South in Obamacare subsidy case   |   June 10, 2015
The U.S. Supreme Court is set to rule by the end of this month in King v. Burwell, a case challenging the legality of health insurance subsidies for low- and middle-income...